YPC Weekly Newsletter
December 23-29

On December 29, in Hrazdan Hotel in Yerevan the Annual Award Ceremony of Yerevan Press Club was held

The winners of the annual YPC contest this time were:

Ara Papyan, presently RA Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador in Canada - for effective co-operation with journalists when holding the position of press-secretary at the RA Ministry of Foreign Affairs;

Editorial staff of "Garoun" magazine - for a cycle of translations of foreign authors under the heading “Constellation”;

Valeriy Aydinian ("Novoye Vremya" newspaper) - for collected satirical essays “Tropicana” and for fruitful work in the genres of publicism and satire;

Alexey Manvelian (BBC World Service, Central Asia & The Caucasus Service) - for building up information bridges;

Rouben Mangassarian ("Patker" photo agency) - for professional representation of Armenian photojournalism in foreign media;

"Prometheus" TV company - for achieving creative progress in year 2000;

Natalia Gomtsian ("Golos Armenii" newspaper), Karen Mikayelian ("Novoye Vremya" newspaper) - for professional coverage of cultural life;

Gyumri TV companies "Shant" and "Tsayg" - for effective creative competition at the local broadcast market.

The Embassies of the United Kingdom, France and Germany, as well as the OSCE Mission in Armenia awarded special prizes.


Yerevan Press Club polled the heads of media enterprises, journalists and media experts to determine who or which structures were the source of the most negative influence on the work of Armenian media. The question was answered by 73 respondents.

The biggest number of “antivotes” belongs to:

Agency of Press Dissemination “Haymamoul” (8 “antivotes”) - for unsatisfactory work in marketing periodical editions and permanent non-payment to the print media;

RA Ministry of Transportation and Communication - departments that deal with the activities of the broadcast media (7) - for repeated violation of the rights of broadcasters;

Deputies of RA National Assembly (7) - for the deficiencies in media legislation, especially for voting in favor of Draft Law "On Television and Radio" on October 9, 2000.

The results of the poll were announced on December 29, during the Annual YPC Award Ceremony of year 2000.


This is the title of the new book by Yerevan Press Club, published on December 28 (“Van Arian” publishing house).

The book represents a sum-up of the International Action initiated by YPC together with Journalists Union of Armenia and Internews Armenia to commemorate the anniversary of the unprecedented terrorist attack on October 27, 1999 in RA National Assembly. The book includes the texts of the presentations made during the International Conference "Journalists Against Terrorism and Violence" (October 25-26, 2000, Yerevan) that was an important part of the Action.

The book is published with the financial support of Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation-Armenia.


On December 28 Arminco, the leading Internet provider in Armenia, issued a news release that is also an address to the clients, informing, in particular, about an attack on Armenian servers. Hackers targeted the misconfigured name servers.

According to the news release, Arminco has informed ArmenTel Company directly, and currently the client support team of Arminco awaits appropriate actions on behalf of TeleGlobe and Cable & Wireless. The provider apologizes to the clients for the inconveniences caused.

Meanwhile, it is the second hacker attack on Arminco during the past week. Last time the clients of the provider were unable to receive messages of news agencies for a day.

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Editor of YPC Newsletter - Elina POGHOSBEKIAN

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